Monday, July 7, 2008


If you are in the Los Angeles Country area please make sure to check out Scion's and Vice Annual photo show slated for July 12, 2008. This is the first time the photo show has shown in Los Angeles in 6 years so it promises to deliver artist interviews, free drinks as well as free valet parking. Check out the official press release below.

Los Angeles - July 2008 - In conjunction with Vice magazine, Scion presents the sixth annual Vice Photo Show at its 4,500 square foot Installation L.A. Gallery. Vice is an international arts and culture magazine distributed around the globe, published in 15 countries, and in almost as many languages. Although photography is one of the main features of every issue, Vice has also published an annual summer photo issue since 2001. This issue has included work by photographers such as Terry Richardson, Ryan McGinley, Richard Kern, Roe Ethridge, Patrick O'Dell, Jerry Hsu, Tim Barber, and many more. In 2007, Vice released the Vice Photo Book, a mammoth collection of the best photos in the magazine since its debut in 1994. In the last few years, Vice has also presented an exhibition accompanying the annual photo issue, including additional works by the featured photographers.

This year marks the first show presented in L.A. It will include work by Australia's self-taught and foremost cultural documentarian of the 1970s-90s, Rennie Ellis; a special section entitled "Riddles," curated by Tim Barber, former Vice photo editor ; and three of the best, contemporary photographers in Japan: Yoshiki Saitoh, Jin Ohashi, and Kawori Inbe. Each photographer comes from a distinct documentarian tradition of their own. Saitoh is best known for his genderobscure documentary photographs and portraits, focusing on the club scene in Japan. Ohashi's work, largely affected by witnessing his father's suicide attempt, concentrates on the coexistence and inevitability of death and sex, as well as the universal parts of the human experience. Inbe's portrait work is based around female models, who she meets only once before shooting them. This allows her to asses their character and to construct the photo based on her perception of each individual's traits. She highlights their individuality juxtaposing this against her use of uniforms as symbols. Inbe's works reveal her desire to portray her interpretation of the struggle of young girls living in a convoluted Japanese contemporary society.

The opening reception takes place July 12, 7:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. at the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, CA 90232. The show will run until July 26.

Dedicated to fostering independent artistic expression, the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery is a space that allows artists to explore their creative visions. The Scion Installation Gallery hosts art shows and art-related events for cutting-edge artists from across the globe. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM and by appointment - 310.815.8840. For more information, visit

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